Woman Facing Charges For Hoarding Over 60 Animals

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EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KTVI)-- On Monday morning Edwardsville police served a search warrant at 73 Birdie Court after a series of at least 10 complaints and code violations. . City officials say they have been  receiving complaints about issues with unmaintained grass and weeds since 2009.

One of the most recent complaints was a stench coming out of the house.  When police entered the home they discovered at least 60 animals inside, 57 cats and 3 dogs were living in unsanitary conditions.

A woman and her 18-year-old daughter lived inside of the house. Metro East Human Society Executive Director Kathy Turner says this case was shocking.

"Obviously there's some mental illness issues going on they think they're doing the animals a favor, but they're not we know that," said Turner.

The Metro East Humane Society took in the animals. Now they're being treated and nursed back to health. Unfortunately, one of the dogs and a cat died in the process. Edwardsville's city building inspector says the house on Birdie Court is unsafe.

 "There are alot of upper respiratory problems lots of problems from inhaling ammonia fumes for so long, they also have extremely matted fur, we had to do a lot of grooming,” she said.

People like Carrie Larsen along with others stopped by to drop off supplies desperately needed to care for the animals.

"It's a really sad to see animals in that situation because there are  a lot of homes out there that will take care of them," said Larsen.

Now the homeowner is facing criminal charges of animal hoarding. In the meantime, workers will do everything they can to help the animals find a new, healthy and vibrant home.

"When people see these situations please call the authorities let’s get something cleared up because this is not fair to the animals," said Turner.

For information on how to adopt and donate http://www.mehs.org/


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